And The New Harry Potter Title Is…

December 26, 2006

For those of you who are diehard Harry Potter fans, you will no doubt already be aware that J.K. Rowling posted the name of the final installment in the Harry Potter series last week on her website–probably her Christmas gift to you all. If you have had some other things to distract you recently, the title is: Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows. No date has been set for release of the book as Rowling is still working on it. The film of the fifth book, Harry Potter and The Order Of The Phoenix, will arrive in theaters next July.

Interestingly enough, Rowling has never won a Carnegie Medal-the British equivalent to our Newberry Award, for her Harry Potter books. The Brits also have an equivalent to our Caldecott Medal and that’s the Greenaway Medal named for illustrator Kate Greenaway. Here are a few books shortlisted for this year’s Carnegie and Greenaway medals: Lost And Found by Oliver Jeffers; Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce; Clay by David Almond; Wolves by Emily Gravett; and Russell The Sheep by Rob Scotton.